The ultimate fuel for the Karioi Classic


When it comes to preparing for a sporting event, many athletes have a long-term training plan – but also of crucial importance on the day is nutrition – both before and after the event.

With a wealth of food knowledge and a passion for locally grown produce and ingredients, Raglan mums Tara Wrigley and Rachel Brown (pictured) are combining their skills to cater for competitors at the upcoming Karioi Classic Bike Race on July 31.

The pair are the creative minds behind FeastBox food kits; and although their food kits are usually geared toward entertaining and bach dinners, they recognised that the Karioi Classic was a great opportunity to provide the competitors with a nutritious pre-race meal full of local ingredients.

favouritesThe Karioi Classic FeastBox will make it simple for the competitors to enjoy a good dinner the night before the race that will help them to get the most out of their performance the next day.

It will be simple to put together, with all the ingredients and recipes included in the box. This is in keeping with the usual theme of FeastBox.

“The whole FeastBox idea was the result of trying to make our own lives easier. We know from personal experience that being busy working parents makes it difficult to get around all the shops to source ingredients needed for special dinners with family and friends,” says Rachel.

“We thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could just get all the ingredients for a delicious feast delivered to our door?”

feastbox2And so began FeastBox. Focused around locally sourced, seasonal, quality ingredients, guest chefs contribute to each FeastBox to ensure flavour combinations and cooking instructions are spot on. All ingredients, recipes and instructions are included. Where possible, spray-free, organic produce is sourced, with strong emphasis on eco and sustainable packaging for all FeastBoxes.

“It’s a great way for families to enjoy amazing food without any of the usual stress. Our Mother’s Day FeastBox was a great success, and mums loved watching dad and the kids create impressive meals with little fuss.”

“Basically we wanted FeastBox to bring the fun back to entertaining, by doing most of the hard work allowing people to spend more time with friends and family,” says Tara.

Rachel and Tara are excited about their Karioi Classic FeastBox.

“We wanted to provide visitors to Raglan with an even bigger experience than the event alone, which is preparing and sharing food sourced from Waikato, and a menu designed specifically for competitors and supporters,” says Tara.

“We want to make their weekend extra special and they may even learn a bit about nutrition for sport too.”

The Karioi Classic FeastBox will include all the ingredients for a super delicious and healthy three course meal. It will include a sharing platter, main and a dessert and there will be a vegetarian option.

Rachel and Tara are collaborating with nutritionist Danielle Roberts from Fuel Nutrition on the Karioi Classic FeastBox and while the final menu is still being tweaked, they share some of the ingredients they hope to include, and why.

Kumara – great slow burning carb (carotenoids: plant compounds that squelch cell damage caused by everyday living and challenging workouts. Vitamin E: an antioxidant that may protect against heart disease. Potassium: a mineral necessary for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, bone health, water balance, and normal blood pressure. (Kumara has more potassium than bananas, believe it or not.) Copper: it assists in the production of collagen, which is responsible for keeping muscles healthy and skin taut. Quercetin: research shows this potent phytonutrient may help you breathe easier by warding off allergies, hay fever, and asthma).

Turmeric –  natural anti-inflammatory, improves sleep quality and reduces stress – great for before and after the event.

Leafy greens (Silverbeet) –  B vitamins found in green leafy veggies help convert the food we eat into usable energy (in addition to many other functions); and other vitamins and minerals help facilitate countless chemical reactions in the body. Plus, antioxidants, which help decrease the free radical-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, and subsequent muscle cell damage we incur from training and other stressors.

Chicken – protein is good for muscles to grow and repair themselves, also a source of energy.

Limited gluten/ bread – gentler digestion, sounder sleep, more even energy levels which can lead to improved athletic performance

Beetroot –  a growing body of research supports the potential benefits of nitrate-rich beets for athletic performance.

Pulses such as lentils –  have a low glycemic index, meaning they are broken down slowly and can be used to lower or displace animal protein as well as bad fats – such as trans fats.

The Karioi Classic FeastBoxes are not just for participants, but are also available to the public. For more information, go to


– Sunday July 31
– Three distances 43, 57 and 85km
– 2016 is the event’s seventh year
– Approximately 500 competitors are expected


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